Maps show us how to get from one place to another, but they have other stories to tell. By looking at a map, we can see which aspects of the world were most important to people in a particular time and place. The earliest maps from ancient Mesopotamia picture a small world made up only of neighboring kingdoms. During the Middle Ages, when Christianity was a powerful influence, maps often showed the location of the Garden of Eden and other places mentioned in the Bible. In a later period of trade and exploration, mapmakers produced sea charts based on compass readings to guide sailors as they navigated unknown seas. With the discovery of new lands and new peoples, the known world was transformed, and maps reveal the different stages of this great change.
Today, cartographers use computers, satellites, and other tools of modern science to map the most remote regions of the earth, create maps of the ocean floor, and even explore distant planets. This partnership between science and cartography has provided a broader perspective on our place in the universe. The world is much larger and more complicated than people of the past could ever have imagined.
Through a fascinating collection of colorful maps and an informative, engaging text, Mapping the World encourages readers to think about how views of the world have changed over time. After reading it, budding cartographers might even be inspired to create maps of their own.
Table of ContentsPICTURES OF THE WORLD
THE OLDEST WORLD MAP
Babylonian map on a clay tablet, around 500 B.C.
THE FIRST CARTOGRAPHER
World map based on the ideas of Ptolemy, around A.D. 150
A WORLD OF FAITH
T-O map created by Isidore of Seville, around A.D. 600
World map from a psalter, 1250
A MEDIEVAL ROAD MAP
Map of a pilgrimage route by Matthew Paris, around 1240
NAVIGATING THE SEAS
Portolan chart by Albini de Canepa, 1489
A MAP OF A NEW WORLD
World map by Juan de la Cosa, 15OO
THE NAMING OF AMERICA
Globe gores by Martin Waldseemüller, 1507
Ptolemaic map, 1511
A LAND OF CANNIBALS
Map of the New World by Sebastian Münster, 1544
THE FIRST ATLAS
World map by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
A WORLD IN TWO HEMISPHERES
World map by Henricus Hondius, 1633
World map by John Melish, 1818
NEW EYES ON THE WORLD
Landsat map of the San Francisco Bay area, 1985
SECRETS OF THE OCEAN FLOOR
Map of Indian Ocean floor by Walter Smith and David Sandwell, 1997
MAPPING OTHER WORLDS
Map of Venus, 1982
ANYONE CAN BE A CARTOGRAPHER
GIS map showing U.S. population, 1998
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the decoration and creation of maps in history religion and technology show what is important to the cartographer and his society. showing over time events that have changed the view of the world.